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100376 - GLUCK: Iphigenie en Tauride (PAL)

Giovanni PAISIELLO (1740-1816)
Christoph Willibald Gluck

Opera in four acts
Sung in French - From the Opernhaus Zurich 2001
Special Feature: GLUCK - THE REFORMER / A film by Reiner E. Moritz

Chorus and Ballet School of the Opernhaus Zurich,
Zurich Opera's Orchestra La Scintilla / WILLIAM CHRISTIE
Juliette Galstian, Rodnedy Gilfry, Deon van der Walt, Anton Scharinger, Martina Jankova, Anna Soranno Lisa Lorenz, Eleanor Paunovic, Michael Mrosek, Thomas Putz

Stage and Costume Design: CHRISTIAN SCHMIDT, Produced by: BERNHARD FLEISCHER, Directed for the stage by: CLAUS GUTH, Directed for DVD by THOMAS GRIMM

Sound Format: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1
Picture Format: 16:9
Running Time: 108 min. opera, 58 min documentary
Menu languages: GB, D, F, SP
Subtitle languages: GB, D, F, SP
Region Code: 2,5
EAN-Code: 4 006680 10376 1
Cat.-No.: 100 376 (PAL)

In Klaus Guth's Zurich production the psychological drama in a tense atmosphere of violated blood ties, fears an traumas is underlined by his use of huge masks and enclosed spaces. As Guth himself puts it: "I have often used such a system of masked figures to give visual expression to the inner psychological state of the individuals concerned. " "When we look at what Gluck was trying to reform it means simplicity. It means essentially getting rid of things" explains conductor William Christie. His typically transparent, but never cold orchestral sound perfectly matches the descriptive elements in Gluck's score.

- a deeply felt performance of another great but neglected opera of Gluck - additional 58 min. documentary on the composer - surround sound and 16:9 picture format

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